He was once injured whilst fielding in the second one T20I in Cardiff
The damage is especially disappointing for Fernando, because it was once his first excursion with the nationwide group because the get started of the pandemic. Earlier this yr, he ignored the limited-overs squads for West Indies and Bangladesh as he failed the health check.
Although Fernando would almost certainly had been within the first-choice XI, Sri Lanka have many batsmen in a position to taking part in within the most sensible 3 in his position. Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando and Pathum Nisanka have all batted within the most sensible 3 prior to now (Nissanka principally for his or her house groups).
However, Fernando’s absence leaves Sri Lanka prone to an already daunting job. Sri Lanka don’t seem to be simplest 9th in ODIs, whilst England are fourth (in addition to the structure’s global champions), they’ve additionally misplaced six in their closing 8 finished ODIs towards England.
Sri Lanka had been additionally simply eradicated within the three-match T20I collection that ended on Saturday.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is the Sri Lanka correspondent for ESPNcricinfo. @afidelf